Meaning of disappropriate in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdɪsəˈprəʊprɪeɪt/


  • 1rare To remove (something) from a body, organization, etc., to which it has been officially attached; to make no longer appropriated to. See "appropriate".

  • 2To make (something) no longer the property or possession of a person, organization, etc.; to remove from ownership. In later use specifically: to take (land, money, etc.) from a person or organization for one's own or public use.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Anno Secundo & Tertio Philippi & Mariae. From post-classical Latin disappropriat-, past participial stem of disappropriare from classical Latin dis- + apprōpriāre.